Monthly Archives: November 2009

STORY DESTINATION

Where does your story begin? Every writer has to draw on their life experiences when creating something someone else wants to read. Everything that you encounter in life can be brought into your story. Were you picked on in school? What emotions did that stir up inside of you? Were you prom queen? Did you lose someone you love?

We are all so different yet so alike. If you can tap into the human experience and convey it to reader’s in a way that makes them tap into it, you have an opportunity to help them interpret life by using the gift of words.

Your story begins at home, takes flight somewhere in the middle and ends wherever you decide. Here’s to your destination. I hope your journey to it is worth writing about.

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REMEMBERING A CHARACTER

 

One of my favorite writing’s by Edgar Allan Poe is the Tell-Tale Heart. I love this story because it has a character that I can never forget. When I am doing character building for a story I think of the man with the vulture eye and then ask myself if my characters will leave a lasting impression or will they be forgotten about in no time.  There are so many things that can make a character interesting, whether it is a specific trait, an unforgettable name or a specific article of clothing. I am the type of person that will remember the story only if I remember the characters in the story.

 

I’d like to hear your opinions. Who are some of your favorite characters? What did you love about them? What do you remember most about them?

 

 

 

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Looking for help

I realize that by writing this post, I might set myself up to look stupid, but for the sake of my sanity I need to see if anyone out there can help me.

I use microsoft word when writing. I have discovered that when I try to copy and paste my queries and ms pages to my e-mail everything transmits crazily. My paragraphs are off, my sentences are broken and nothing looks pretty. I have adjusted everything I could see and then attempted to send it to myself. Errors still show up and I am ready to pull my hair out.

Does anyone in the blogosphere have any good advice for me. My husband works with some technical geniuses, they were willing to try and fix it for me but had no advice on how I can fix this myself. Any writer’s out there run into this problem?

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Write It Out

My favorite part of writing is getting those gooey feelings that rush through your soul when writing an intense scene. I know I am heading in the right direction when those feelings come. For me, it’s like an outer body experience. I am reading my own words but forgetting for a second that I created them. I know it sounds deep and maybe a tad bit strange but I look at it as a separation of self.

I want to enjoy reading what I am writing in the same way I would enjoy someone else’s writings. I want to get lost in my story and anticipate what’s to come.  Writing is like solving a complicated math problem. You have to add, subtract and sometimes carry over thoughts and words until you come up with the answer. Once you know the answer is correct you get that sense of accomplishment that makes you feel like you can tackle another problem.  As long as you’re willing to stay in the game and write it out, your story will end up with the right solution.

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My favorite mug

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Contest

I love reading about strong female protagonists. There is nothing like a hot mama kicking ass. A Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay is up for grabs over at Suzie Townsend’s blog -Confessions of a Wandering Heart.  Her link is on my sidebar under blogroll, click on for your chance to win.

I hope to win this book but if I don’t it will surely be added to my must reads.

Good Luck to everyone who enters.

 

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Confidence

Confidence is knowing one day you will watch your dreams become your reality.

I have spent years learning the ins and outs of the writing world. I have watched my ideas transform into stories. My earliest writings still make me cringe but even at the time I believed in them and worked hard at making them better.

I have stood on the sidelines and cheered fellow writers on. Their success truly is exciting. Watching someone else succeed is inspirational enough to keep you persevering.

I will not bash an agent for rejecting me. I will however take their rejections and neatly tuck them away so I can remind myself how hard I have worked for my dream.  Anyone who writes is taking that podium and attempting to publicly speak. Public speaking is the number one fear but the most satisfying one to overcome.

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